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Biographical entry Cooper, Roy Percy (1907 - 1976)

21 December 1907
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1 October 1976


Roy Cooper was a bird photographer. He was foundation editor of Australian Bird Watcher and its chief illustrator for 18 years.


Born Sydney, 21 December 1907. Died Melbourne, 1 October 1976. Accountant, Imperial Chemical industry of Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney to 1950, Melbourne 1950 until retirement. Honorary ornithologist, National Museum of Victoria. Chairman, governing body, Wilson Promontory National Park. Council member, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales; council member, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union for 34 years, including president 1960-61, editor of The Emu 1960-62 and Victorian representative on the Committee dealing with the vernacular names of Australian birds; editor, Australian Bird Watcher (Melbourne Bird Observers' Club) 1959-76. Wrote Birds of a salt-field, describing 200 species of birds recorded from the ICI salt-fields, a sanctuary in South Australia, and Wilson's Promontory National Park and its Avifauna (1975). An excellent bird photographer.

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Journal Articles

  • Chisholm, A. H., 'Obituaries: Roy Percy Cooper', Emu, 77 (2) (1977), 88. Details


See also

  • Robin, Libby, The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2001), 492 pp. Details

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